The New England Antique Racers appeared at the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, June 7th, 2019. It was deemed “Kids Night” at the popular oval, and there were many child oriented activities planned for the evening. A Big Wheels race on track, bounce houses and NEAR Race Cars on the midway, and a kids Bike Raffle to top it all off. The lucky winner of the bike only bought one ticket!!! Stafford management also donated a beautiful NAPA tractor trailer truck and a Chase Elliot collectible race car. Pronyne Museum donated a couple NEAR t shirts to the tally, as well! All in all, a great time was had by everyone in attendance.
The Bill Kemp #199 Camaro was very popular with the youngsters, as many took the opportunity to sit in a race car for the very first time. The #088 of Angie Bullock was also very popular with the fans!
The NEAR Hall of Fame Museum was also on site, with many fans checking out the plaques inside that honor the legends of New England racing history.
George and Candy Cleveland brought out the Cleveland Farms #5, and Ric Mariscal brought the Pronyne Museum’s Checkered Flag Announcer #26 Gremlin. This car belonged to the infamous Paul Tremaine, a fixture at N.E. tracks in the 60’s and 70’s.
Also on hand was the beautiful #716 Checkerboard square car and the #19 Moose Hewitt Pinto owned by Tom and Eileen Maciag. Thanks to all our members that brought cars, and Bruce Nichols as well, for coming along to assist in the evening’s activities!!
NEAR held the first of the running shows for 2019 on Saturday, June 1, 2019. The owners and staff of White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H. were great hosts.
The track gave us an open practice for a few hours and a feature race for both the sportsman class and the modified class. The sportsman class rolled out first on the track. The #9 of Norm Cyr took the win followed by #71 of John Adams in 2nd, and the #088 of Angie Bullock to round out the top 3.
In the modified feature the win went to the #44 of Tim Hines, 2nd was “Downtown” Ken Brown #35 and 3rd was the #7vt of Wayne Wojtyna.
It was a great night of racing at White Mountain Motorsport Park. Thank you to the entire staff for the great job and for having NEAR there. To all of the NEAR members, thank you for your continuing support!!
NEAR will be at Stafford Speedway this Friday, June 7,2019 for a static show on the midway. The Hall of Fame Truck and member cars will be on display to celebrate Kids Night. A lucky youngster will be taking home a new bike, courtesy of the NEAR Bike Raffle. Come on out and support a great racing facility and have a great night out with the family!!
The cars and stars of NEAR will be appearing at the White Mountain Motorsports Park this Saturday, June 1, 2019. The NEAR cars are slated for arrival at 1 p.m. for the show that starts at 6:30 p.m. Also in attendance will be the North East Mini Stock Tour, Street Stock Showdown Series, and other support divisions. Come on down and support a great racing program and your NEAR members!
We had a great meeting this week at Thompson Speedway Club House, and the food was excellent!!
Several really good discussions and ideas came out of the meeting; and one of them was to add the “NEAR Newsletter” to the website…which has been done.
The new functionality to view the March/April 2019 NEAR Newsletter can now be viewed by clicking on the “NEAR Newsletter” link in the third gray box in the right-hand sidebar, then clicking on the “thumbnail” photo. The newsletter will open and can be viewed online or downloaded. This feature should be available on all future issues.
I would like to thank our Board Members, attending members, and this month’s guest Mark Hann for their input to help NEAR move forward on a positive track.
Also, my sincerest thanks and appreciation goes to Judy Poirier for coming back part time to assist with website technical issues. Judy also helps NEAR and this President with tutoring and advice, bringing me up to speed with the new format. Much appreciated!
The Summer Knights Car Show re-scheduled for this Sunday, May 12, 2019 has been postponed, again!
The new date is Sunday June 30th, at 9 a.m.after it stops raining!!
HISTORIC MOTOR SPORTS EXPOSITION COMES TO LOUDON
LOUDON, NH: On Saturday May 4th the North East Motor Sports Museum (922 Route 106 Loudon, NH) will host the most diverse regional gathering of historical race cars, mobile museums, personalities and artifacts ever seen in New England. The expo will feature a variety of different racing disciplines including road racing, oval track racing, drag racing, off-road racing and more.
The featured attractions of the day will be all of the northeast’s mobile museums that will appear together for the first time. The museums are Ron Bouchard Racing, New England Antique Racers, Maine Vintage Race Car Association, Bob Doyle Museum – A Photo History of Vermont Racing and the Ollie Silva Museum. Two museums with physical building locations the ProNyne Motorsports Museum and Owls Head Transportation Museum will also join us.
1992 and 1993 NASCAR Busch North Champion the “Irish Angel” Dick McCabe, six time American Canadian Tour Champion Robbie Crouch and the only four time NASCAR Busch North Series Champion Andy Santerre will join us as our featured personalities. Museum president Dick Berggren will host conversations throughout the day with all three champions.
For one day only the museum will host a diverse group of cars from beyond New England’s boarders. See a 1984 March Indycar driven by Danny Ongais, a Formula 5000 racer in addition to New England classics such as the 1400 horsepower Country Girl Funny Car and stock cars from the Senior Tour Auto Racers club.
Join us on Saturday May 4th from 10am to 3pm and enjoy the one day exhibits as well as the museums 30+ cars, slot car track and iRacing Simulator. We rev up the engines at noon which will be followed by a barbeque lunch and we end the day with giveaway prizes. Members are admitted free to the museum with free lunch and non-members pay $10 entry free and a small donation for lunch. To display your historic race car or artifacts call executive director Tom Netishen at 603-783-0183. A rain date of May 5th has been set and Groupons are not accepted for this event.
About: The North East Motor Sports Museum is owned by the Racing History Preservation Group, a 501-c-3 educational non-profit organization that seeks to discover, preserve and share the history of motorsports in the Northeast. The 10,000 square foot museum opened in 2017 on the grounds of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH.
The 2019 NEAR Show Schedule for cars is available for download/printing at this link. Note there are many changes from the tentative one given out at the annual meeting. We will update the schedule page as soon as possible.
Schedule updated 3/29/19
The NEAR Monthly director’s meeting has been changed to the third Tuesday of each month. This was suggested, voted on, and approved at the last meeting.
The location will be the same, Thompson Speedway Clubhouse, at 7:30 p.m.